Troisieme Voyage Aerien. Expérience faite à Lion le 19 Janvier 1784. Sous la Direction de Mr. Joseph Montgolfier avec une Machine Aërostatique de 102 Pieds de Diamétre sur 126 de Hauteur.


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Etching on Paper, Colored


  • Mat (H x W): 30.5 × 25.4cm (12 × 10 in.)
  • Unmatted (H x W): 23 × 16.5cm (9 1/16 × 6 1/2 in.)

Physical Description

  • Colored etching of the Montgolfier balloon ascending in January 1784. A crowd and carriages observe from below. A banner labeled 'Le Flessele' is hanging from the balloon.
  • Jacques de Flesselles (1721-1789) served as Intendant of Lyon for twenty years (1764-1784). Fascinated by technology, he was involved in tests of an experimental steam boat and sponsored the flight of Le Flesselle. He was shot and killed at the Hotel de Ville on July 14, 1789, while attempting to justify his years of service to the crown.
  • 'Pag. 67. Dessine par le Cher. de Lorimier. Grave par N. De Launay.'


ART-Prints, Original

Inventory Number


Related Topics